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Motor/Drive Combination Package

May 23, 2014 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

A matched motor/drive combination package allows an OEM the option to select the optimum solution for a variety of heavy-duty industrial motion control applications from a single source.

Water Leak Detection Kit

May 21, 2014 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OLK-402 Industrial Leak Detection Kit pinpoints any leaks in water and water/glycol-based industrial systems.

Vacuum Filter Cleaning System

May 20, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s new industrial vacuum cleaners feature InfiniClean™ automatic filter cleaning system is a self-contained, automated filter purging system requiring no external compressed air supply, secondary power source or cleaning actions by the operator.


Avoiding Decision Fatigue in the Engineering Change Management Process

May 19, 2014 12:01 pm | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions | Articles | Comments

Social researchers say we can suffer from “decision fatigue,” where repeated judgments deplete our mental resources to the point that it influences our next decisions. One result is our tendency to simplify decisions by accepting status quo or whatever is easy.

Survey: Manufacturers Use Mobile Apps for Inspections, Work Orders

May 16, 2014 10:19 am | by Canvas | News | Comments

The Canvas survey points to an increasingly mobile manufacturing workforce looking to extend more day-to-day business processes to mobile devices, and that structured and unstructured data collection and collaboration apps are rising to the top of wish lists.

Natural Disaster Planning and Training

May 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tim Williams, Senior Project Manager, Process Safety Management (PSM) | Articles | Comments

Storm season is upon the United States. Do you have an emergency plan and the trained employees to carry it out? Tim Williams, senior project manager at Process Safety Management (PSM), has a primer to help ensure that yours meets regulated safey needs.

Changing the Tune on Asset Uptime

April 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs, Fluke Corporation | Articles | Comments

Not all manufacturers have the budgets to implement a dedicated predictive maintenance system, but they do have smart devices that can be incorporated into daily use, raising the overall effectiveness of even a small maintenance team. 

Lean and Beyond: Increasing the Awareness of MRO

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The recognition that a world-class MRO operation is a necessary component of reliable equipment — and a reliable plant — is essential. Subsequently, awareness is not enough. The ability to actually implement change is critical to produce a competitive and reliable product.


Drawer Cabinets

April 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

LISTA sheet steel drawer cabinets offer made-to-measure top quality for professional use.

Improving Electrical Safety in the Workplace

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Electrical hazards exist because the modern workplace is filled with electricity-reliant equipment and gadgets. However, a sensible safety plan that addresses equipment, environment and operator issues may reduce the hazards and lead to lower electrical accident rates.

Nickel-Clad Tubing

April 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's nickel-clad tubing is available with fused silca (FS) tubing, PEEK® tubing and polyimide-coated fused silica tubing.

Adhesives and Sealants: Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

When applied correctly, adhesives and sealants can improve equipment reliability, lower operating costs and save large amounts of time and money. To ensure you’re using these products correctly, it’s important to understand the differences in various adhesives.

How Veterans Can Help Fix the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,, @Mnet_JoelHans | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing needs more skilled and dedicated employees, and there will soon be an influx of veterans who have the qualities necessary to be successful. When it comes to technical skills, it would be harder to find people acquainted with more advanced machinery than veterans.


Throttling Valves

April 11, 2014 9:46 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Clampseal Throttling Valves are designed for severe service applications that require repeatable flow control and dependable shut-off.

Wi-Fi Connected Data Logger

April 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The TR-72wf-H contains an integrated Wi-Fi function that enables it to automatically upload recorded data from the logger to Company's free cloud-based WebStorage device.

Industry-Wide FSMA Concerns Arise at Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | News | Comments

An ongoing, open dialogue between food manufacturers and the FDA is vital as FSMA regulations are forged, a vice president of the International Dairy Foods Association said at the Food Safety Summit Tuesday. Key points are the FSVP, auditing and records.

77 Safety Glasses

April 9, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Service is often a company's bread and butter. If your company is not open to letting suppliers into its plant, your competition may be. Skipping these kinds of service offerings can escalate from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.

Control Panel for Refrigeration

April 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The GEA Omni™ control panel is a user-friendly, highly versatile system that features a high-definition, multi-touch screen.

Intelligent Servo Motor

April 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

iMOT3242 FM-CAT intelligent brushless servo motor is fully digital with embedded motion controller, drive and position feedback.

Motor Brake

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

MagnaShear™ motor breaks employ oil shear technology for long-service life in applications like the frequent start/stop cycles seen on conveyors, cranes and other material handling equipment.

2014 Equipment, Software Investment Growth Forecast at 4.2%

April 2, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

The 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation expects equipment and software investment to grow and continue steadily in the short term, according to its Q2 forecast.

7 Lighting Considerations for a Lean Transformation

April 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Michael Drew, Industrial Vertical Sales Manager, and Rick Leeds, Vertical Marketing Manager, OSRAM SYLVANIA | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers in every industry have a number of lean transformations to consider when it comes to plant efficiency. Reconsidering a facility’s electrical lighting can play a critical role in improving all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Vertical Expansion: Building Up, Not Out

April 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

For many manufacturers, there comes a time when the lack of adequate space leads to disorganization and inefficiency. Vertical expansion, in the forms of elevated work platforms, multi-level racking systems, and automated storage and picking solutions, is a great solution for many manufacturers.

Q&A: Improving Plant Safety

March 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Heather Marenda, Client Services Engagement Manager for Brady, about the top steps food manufacturers can take to improve plant safety for workers, including lockout/tagout procedures, safety audits and plant security.

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M)

March 19, 2014 10:41 am | Events

The Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M) is a 2 ½ day event that brings food and beverage processors and suppliers together to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety.

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